Edman's Three-Run Blast Gives No. 24 Bulldogs 5-3 Win
April 15, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Cameron Edman hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning and Cody Martin retired the side to secure the 24th-ranked Gonzaga University baseball team's 5-3 victory over Loyola Marymount University in game one of a three-game West Coast Conference series Friday.
In a battle between two unbeaten teams in WCC play, the Lions (19-13, 3-1 WCC) led the Bulldogs (20-10-1, 4-0 WCC) 3-2 but couldn't close the door in the ninth. Billy Moon reached safely on a costly error by the first baseman to start the inning, Royce Bolinger's single to right center field put runners at the corners and Edman completed the rally with his fourth home run of the season.
Edman registered three of the Bulldogs nine hits. Eric Lane also had a multi-hit game while four other Bulldogs recorded one. Ryan Carpenter received a no-decision despite striking out four in seven innings of work. Mark Phillips (1-2) walked one batter and Martin struck out two to earn his seventh save of the year.
Gonzaga broke the scoreless contest in the third inning when Steven Halcomb hit a one-out single up the middle, Keegan Acker walked and Lane singled down the left field line to load the bases. Tyler Chism hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the first run and Moon followed with a RBI single to right field to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Carpenter began to struggle in the sixth. He allowed a lead-off walk followed by a RBI double down the left field line. He hit the next batter and a sacrifice bunt put runners in scoring position. The Lions took a 3-2 lead on a RBI single up the middle and a sacrifice squeeze bunt. Carpenter got out of trouble with an unassisted ground out to the second baseman Acker.
The Lions held the Bulldogs to only two singles until the ninth inning. Lions starting pitcher Jason Wheeler finished the day going 7 1/3 innings with five strikeouts. Ryan Hawthorne (0-2) was credited the loss after failing to secure the win for the Lions.
The Bulldogs will send Tyler Olson to the hill for game two Saturday 1 p.m.
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